- The Spring Creek Greenway will eventually result in a 40-mile linear park and trail system along Spring Creek. Outdoor recreational activities include canoeing and kayaking with launches, equestrian trails, natural surface and paved multiuse trails, parking areas, picnic areas and playgrounds, rest areas, anchor parks with unique features, nature centers, and more.
- A water trail—a marked interpretive trail along a contiguous stretch of the creek—with historical and ecological information for canoeists and kayakers, nature lovers, and the general public.
While Precinct 4 can only focus on acquiring property on the south side of Spring Creek (Harris County), Bayou Land Conservancy has worked diligently with Montgomery County to secure much of the property on the north side of the creek.
- Nature lovers can explore sprawling trail systems from Dennis Johnston Park in Spring to Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center in Humble.
- Spring Creek is the only creek besides Clear Creek in Harris County that remains undeveloped. All other Harris County creeks and bayous (i.e. Greens, White Oak, Buffalo, etc.) have either been channelized or concreted. The Spring Creek Greenway is now the largest forested urban greenway in the United States, according to the Bayou Land Conservancy, one of several partnering agencies of the greenway project.
- Spring and Cypress Creeks feed into the San Jacinto River, together affecting the Lake Houston watershed, a major drinking water supply for Houston and Harris County residents. The Spring Creek Greenway has a direct and positive impact on the water quality of the Lake Houston watershed.
- During major flooding, ponds, tributaries, wetlands, and secondary creek banks slow velocity, trap sediment, and filter pollutants during major flooding.
- Limited industry and development along Spring Creek has kept pollution levels low in the creek.
- Dozens of migrating bird species depend on the Spring Creek Greenway to refuel and recharge on the way to and from their nesting grounds. White bass are plentiful in the winter, while hybrid bass, catfish, and shad are plentiful at other times of the year.
- Bald eagles, herons and egrets, along with many other wildlife species, inhabit the area.
While land and construction costs continue to rise, initial cost estimates for land purchases was $4.5 million, with the Harris County Flood Control District playing an essential role in securing grant funds to offset county funding. In addition to Harris County Precinct 4, contributing organizations include the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department, Harris County Flood Control District, Bayou Preservation Association (BPA), The Park People, Bayou Land Conservancy, and others.
Final cost estimates for infrastructure, personnel, and maintenance cannot be determined at this time.
In 1979, through the efforts of then Harris County Judge Jon Lindsay, Harris County began purchasing existing land along Spring Creek to build what became known as the “Cypress Creek Parks Project.” Former Commissioner Jerry Eversole continued the project in 2003 after partnering with other organizations to connect tracts of land from Pundt Park to Highway 59. As the project expanded, it was renamed the Spring Creek Greenway.
Harris County Precinct 4 Commissioner R. Jack Cagle officially opened the second phase of the Spring Creek Greenway trail in March 2012.
In May 2014, the third phase of the Spring Creek Greenway trail opened to the public. This 2.5-mile section extends from Pundt Park to Dennis Johnston Park, creating over 12 miles of contiguous trails along the greenway.
Now, more than 30 years later, the land purchases and continual development have grown to a concept that will protect 40 linear miles of wooded preserve.